Jim Durkin, the founding guitarist of the thrash metal band Dark Angel, has passed away at the age of 58. The news was confirmed by the band’s drummer, Gene Hoglan, who paid tribute to Durkin on social media. The metal community has been left in mourning at the loss of one of its most talented and respected figures.

Durkin was a key contributor to Dark Angel’s aggressive sound, known for his intense guitar playing and songwriting skills. He wrote many of the band’s classic songs, including “Merciless Death” and “Darkness Descends.” He was with the band from its inception in 1981 until his departure in 1989 but rejoined in 2002 for a reunion tour.

Durkin’s contribution to Dark Angel’s legacy cannot be overstated. The band was a significant force in the thrash metal scene of the 1980s, alongside other iconic bands like Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth. Dark Angel’s unique sound was characterized by its use of complex time signatures, fast tempos, and brutal lyrics, which Durkin played a crucial role in shaping.

Durkin was a respected figure in the metal community, known for his dedication to his craft and his willingness to push boundaries. His influence on the thrash metal genre will be felt for generations to come. His passing has been met with an outpouring of grief from fans and fellow musicians, who have taken to social media to pay tribute to his legacy.

Despite his departure from Dark Angel in 1989, Durkin continued to make music and was involved in the production and engineering of several albums, including Flotsam and Jetsam’s “No Place for Disgrace” and “Doomsday for the Deceiver.” He released an album titled “Murderous” with his band Dreams of Damnation in 2006, which showcased his versatility as a musician and his dedication to the metal genre.

Durkin’s cause of death has not yet been revealed, but his passing has reminded us of the importance of mental health awareness in the music industry. Musicians often face a unique set of challenges when it comes to their mental well-being, including touring pressures, creative blocks, and the stresses of the industry. It is essential that we prioritize mental health support and resources for artists in order to prevent tragedies like Durkin’s death.


The music industry has lost a true legend in Jim Durkin, but his legacy will continue to live on through his music and the countless fans and musicians who have been inspired by his talent and dedication. His passing is a reminder of the importance of cherishing the artists who have given so much to the world of music and honoring their contributions to our culture. Rest in peace, Jim Durkin.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: